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Forecasters watch as Katia strengthens
MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Katia has strengthened to a Category 2 storm in the open Atlantic.
No watches or warnings were in effect late Sunday, and it was too soon to know whether the storm would threaten land. Forecasters warned that Bermuda could begin seeing strong surf and rip currents this week.
At 5 p.m. EDT Sunday, the storm's center was about 365 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and moving northwest at 12 mph. It had sustained maximum winds that increased to 105 mph after wavering in the morning between a tropical storm and weak hurricane status.
Forecasters expect Katia to strengthen further and said it could be a major hurricane by Monday.
New swine-flu strain infects 2 children
ATLANTA | Health officials say a novel strain of swine flu has sickened two children in Pennsylvania and Indiana.
One had contact with pigs. The other is thought to have been infected by a caregiver who had contact with pigs, suggesting the virus can spread person-to-person.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus contains a gene from the H1N1 swine flu that caused a worldwide scare two years ago, plus parts of other viruses that have infected pigs over the past decade.
The children were infected in July and August and have recovered. Both received flu shots last year.
Officials are investigating other reports of illness in people who attended an agricultural fair in Pennsylvania. No additional cases have been confirmed.
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